The Politics Hour

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
The Politics Hour

Maryland State's Attorney for Prince George's County Angela Alsobrooks and D.C. Council Member David Catania join us in the studio.

D.C. gears up for a special election to replace a former lawmaker now headed to prison. Maryland braces for a special session to reconcile the state's budget woes. And new polls suggest Virginia is in store for barn-burning races later this fall. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Guests

Tom Sherwood

Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers

Angela Alsobrooks

Maryland State's Attorney, Prince George's County

Bobby Scott

Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-Va., 3rd District)

David Catania

D.C. Councilmember (I-At Large); Chairman of the Committee on Health

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Alsobrooks said that the ability to gather DNA evidence from people in Maryland who have been charged, but not yet convicted, of crimes can be a "crucial tool" in prosecuting murder and rape cases in the state. Recently, Maryland's highest court declared the practice unconstitutional, and the matter may later proceed to the U.S. Supreme Court:

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